Greetings! Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Welcome to Faith As A Mustard Seed! The first question in your mind might be, "What is this blog about? Why "faith as a mustard seed?" That's exactly what I'm about to tell you. First of all, you might have guessed that this is a Christian blog, and you would guess right. In short, the purpose of this blog is to cover any issues that may cause a doubt of faith — anything at all, whether it's small or large. I also write posts for sheer encouragement for my fellow brothers & sisters in Christ. I even take requests. What inspired me to start this blog are the many times that past girlfriends have dumped me for this excuse they gave, "Since you're going to be a pastor, I feel that I won't be good enough for you and have as much faith as you." It's the most absurd thing I've ever heard, and no matter how many times I told them that it's not the amount of faith that matters, they wouldn't listen. Thus, I started this blog.
The name of this blog comes from Luke 17:5-6, "The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!' And the Lord said, 'If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea," and it would obey you.' " Just before this, Jesus was talking about the effect that sin has on our lives. He was talking about the severity of causing someone to sin — that one would be better off being cast into the sea with a millstone around his neck than to cause another to sin. This is what it would look like:
Imagine being cast into the sea with that thing around your neck. Obviously, Jesus took this very seriously, and the disciples were worried about this, and rightly so. Who hasn't caused another person to sin? I'm certainly guilty of this. Jesus goes on to say in verses 3 & 4, "Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents , forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him." It's very difficult to rebuke someone whose lifestyle does not reflect their position as a child of God, especially when their initial reaction is to defend themselves and rationalise their decisions. And it goes against human nature to freely forgive someone, even when they apologise. But Jesus makes no exceptions. He says, "You must forgive them."
In Mark 11:22-23, Jesus says to the disciples, "Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him." The disciples recognised their guilt, so they asked Jesus for greater faith so that they'd be able to do the things Jesus asks of them. They had a mountain to move, and they thought an increase in their faith would enable them to move this mountain of sin. So, what does Jesus do? Does He lay His hands on them and give them "mountain moving faith?" No, He doesn't. Instead, He says that even faith as small as a mustard seed is enough. The size of faith doesn't matter because God is the one doing the work through faith. This is what Jesus meant when He said, "but [if he] believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him." Faith is never something we do; it is always God in action.
Think of faith as the key to opening the door that brings God in our lives. God gives us that key of faith; it is a gift (Ephesians 2:8-9). Does it matter if you have a bigger key ring? No, it doesn't; all you need is that one small key, and God gave it to us. He opens the door to faith for us with that one small key we can always use, and He's the one who moves the mountains for us. We think that the greater the problem, or the greater the sin, or the greater the illness, the more faith we need. No, we don't. Why do you think Jesus stressed so much to have the faith of a child (Matthew 18:3)? Because in spite of their inexperience and lack of worldly knowledge, they don't use their questions as an excuse to doubt; they simply believe. Perhaps that is why childlike faith is so pure, because with our worldly knowledge, it competes with our faith, attempting to nullify it. But children have no worldly knowledge; all they have is faith. Jesus didn't increase the faith of the disciples because faith is all we need, no matter how small.